Death Watch On My Favourite Female Character…..This Is A Good Sign Right? RIGHT?!
…….GODDAMNIT! This is my fault for being incapable of writing any sort of impression on an episode that isn’t of optimal length to work as blogging fodder. Wait…..how the hell did this even get on the internet anyway? You know what man…..screw it! I can’t get away from this stuff apparently, or perhaps it’s because I recognize that I have writers block and just want to get some content up whenever I have a chance at this point so here’s an impression that I somehow wrote on Gundam 00 over on Animesuki with a few extra observations added in.
I have kind of mixed feelings about this episode. On the one hand I absolutely love that the key characters are continuing to be developed and their past and present actions fleshed out even more, especially Sumeragi who I thought was just going to follow the trend of the attractive female captain (TM) that has been going since Seed. Instead she’s been given way more personality and reasons for her character flaws and strengths (especially this episode with her flashbacks that show her boyfriend dying because of a botched order she gave AND that finally explains her fear of losing her comrades and the reason why she drinks so heavily, though I think one could have already long since guessed what happened if they followed all the clues planted thus far) then Murrue or Talia and I actually kind of care about where her stories going at this point. She’s no Bright by a long shot, not even a Jamil, but perhaps she can reach Gomez level by the end. I also like how Louise is legitimately trying to prove her worth as a pilot now so as to not be thought of as a weak link anymore and has focus (even if it’s a little misguided) that Saji lacks in where she’s going from here. I kind of describe Saji’s role in this episode as extreme screaming followed by pathfinding, followed by some more extreme screaming and it sort of makes me wonder if he’s got his shit together yet or is still just tagging along and flying by the seat of his pants.
You see, remember that shot in the 2nd opening where Saji and Louise are fooling around in the town square and then Louise throws Saji to the ground, fakes like she’s going to help him up and then takes off to do something else. Well Saji’s essentially kind of still there dazed and confused in the town square and has barely as of this episode just picked himself up to have a chance to look around and decide what he’s going to do now that Louise is gone and he’s all alone. And we also get some insight on Wang again and it almost seems to me now like she might be working as a double agent for Celestial Being as opposed to playing both sides off one another, but we’ll see about that of course and even still she seems shady as hell and not just in the way she treats her brother Hong Long like a servant (or dotes on and entrusts important missions to someone as unstable as Neena Trinity. And I swear one of the two has to be adopted as they are pretty much polar opposites with Hong Long being strong, noble and humble and Wang arrogant, deceptive and cruel.
All fine and good, but on the other hand some aspects also came off as a tad predictable and felt like we’d been there. Saji took a potshot at Louise for dramatic purposes, Soma beats Allelujah for like the Bajillionth time, Graham freaks out at Setsuna and forces him to go one on one with him (Poor Setsuna will have to put up with this BS for some time to come), Arba shows how truly sadistic he and the A-LAWS are, Sergei and Katie show their compassion and humanity, Rie Kugimiya gets her one line as Neena for the episode (Kind of makes you wonder just how expensive she must have gotten in recent years) etc. etc. This episode, aside from Soma and Louise’s continued development, all of the interesting aspects of the character development seemed to come solely from Celestial Being characters. And I suppose it didn’t help that during the key portions of the A-LAWS scenes the character designs became noticeably inconsistent. Also what exactly happened with Marina and Setsuna in Azadistan. From what we are led to believe, the second that Setsuna saw Ali’s Gundam he turned right back around and flew back the way they came.
Oh well, it was still a solid if suprisingly underwhelming episode for how things have been going. Next week looks like it could be a blast though. I can’t see it being the same as War For Two though because unlike that episode which essentially forced two characters into a relationship that then got massacred in the sequel, these two have a lot of catching up to do and this encounter has been a long time coming. We all knew it had to come to this sooner or later and I just kind of hope both make it out alive. Although since Gundam and Sunrise have a long history of liking to make their characters suffer just about anything could happen. The “I wanted to be your daugher” tagline also doesn’t make Soma’s chances for survival look very promising. And she was fast becoming my favourite female character in the series too. 😦
Rating: Six Out Of Ten